Puppy underweight - Doberman Forum : Doberman Breed Dog Forums

Doberman Health If it has to do with your dog and its health post here.

DobermanTalk.com is the premier Doberman Dog Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-16-2012, 05:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
Big Pup
 
codybrantford's Avatar
 
Posts: 18
Location: Brantford, Ontario
Dogs Name: Zombie

Gallery Pics: 1
Visit codybrantford's Gallery
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Images: 1
codybrantford is on a distinguished road
Puppy underweight

Hey everyone, so Buffy is 1 year and 2 months old. She was a fat puppy and very healthy, she's shy and probably a bit too attached to me so gets nervous easily (even with lots of socialization and new experiences).
Anyways, she seems too skinny to me for the past few months. I can see her ribs a lot of the time and when you pet her you can prominently feel her spine (but you can't see it). She still has a ton of loose 'puppy skin'. It stretches out a lot without bothering her. I kept on Acana large breed puppy for 1 year and just tried Acana salmon, now adult large breed. She hasn't cared much for either (or the lamb one which I took back). In the morning, if I don't get her to eat her food - which is around 2 cups I think) she will let it sit all day or try to bury it until her nose bleeds. Then when I get home she will eat it like she's been starving all day. So, I know the separation anxiety is preventing her from eating while I'm not home, is there any way I could get her to eat? Generally she'll eat 1 - 1.5 cups in the morning and then 2 cups in the evening.
Just keep trying foods maybe until I find one she really likes? Or should I go back to puppy food until she gains some more weight?
Btw she's around 55lbs, I'd say smaller and sleeker than most dobes I've seen, or my old one.
Also her parents were 90 and 100 lbs.

Any advice? I really want to get her up to her best
codybrantford is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Join Date: Jul 2010
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-16-2012, 05:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
Alpha
 
Posts: 1,722
Location: Southern Manitoba
Dogs Name: Murphy
Dogs Age: Born May 11, 2012
Gallery Pics: 0
Visit AlyssaN's Gallery
Thanks: 3,816
Thanked 2,898 Times in 1,103 Posts
AlyssaN has a reputation beyond reputeAlyssaN has a reputation beyond reputeAlyssaN has a reputation beyond reputeAlyssaN has a reputation beyond reputeAlyssaN has a reputation beyond reputeAlyssaN has a reputation beyond reputeAlyssaN has a reputation beyond reputeAlyssaN has a reputation beyond reputeAlyssaN has a reputation beyond reputeAlyssaN has a reputation beyond reputeAlyssaN has a reputation beyond repute
That does sound very small, have you taken her to the vet to get a full check-up done? I'd start there. Out of curiosity, have you tried other foods? Because I'm a little confused as to why you chose this one when you state that "she hasn't cared much" for the food. Is it food, or is it the brand?

Once again, vet first. If he gives you the go ahead I'd start trying out new foods that she wants to eat. You'd probably be skinny if you hated salmon and that's all you were allowed to eat as well.
AlyssaN is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Join Date: Jun 2012
Old 11-17-2012, 06:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
Big Pup
 
codybrantford's Avatar
 
Posts: 18
Location: Brantford, Ontario
Dogs Name: Zombie

Gallery Pics: 1
Visit codybrantford's Gallery
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Images: 1
codybrantford is on a distinguished road
Its the brand Acana. Started with large breed puppy. Then when I switched to adult ive tried these flavours; salmon, lamb and then the large breed adult. I'm going to try a different flavour of the acana today. I just felt kind of weird returning it if she didnt like it right away, but they said its ok. So hopefully today ill find the goldilocks flavour lol. I' going to see if i can get into the vet monday.
codybrantford is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Join Date: Jul 2010
Old 11-17-2012, 06:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
Alpha
 
OldDrumDobes's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,187
Location: Harrisonville, MO.
Dogs Name: Sterling, Atlantis, Nova & Rocksie
Titles: CH AKC/UKC/Int'l/UDC, NAP, NJP, OAP, NAJ, ATT, YTT, CGC, WAC, ROM
Dogs Age: All Over the Place
Gallery Pics: 6
Visit OldDrumDobes's Gallery
Thanks: 3,785
Thanked 6,159 Times in 1,996 Posts
Images: 6
OldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond reputeOldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond reputeOldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond reputeOldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond reputeOldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond reputeOldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond reputeOldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond reputeOldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond reputeOldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond reputeOldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond reputeOldDrumDobes has a reputation beyond repute
If she likes the puppy food and isn't eating now I'd go back to it. Also set a time limit on eating, the bowl is done say 10-15 minutes. Encourage eating and keep the dog focused on eating. As well if it was me I'd add canned food to make the food more exciting to it and help add weight. As well visit your vet as suggested.


Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App
__________________

Ali & Martin Doughty
Old Drum Dobermans
OldDrumDobes is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Join Date: Jul 2008
Old 11-17-2012, 09:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
Alpha
 
BrinksBlue's Avatar
 
Posts: 186
Location: Illinois
Dogs Name: Brinks
Dogs Age: DOB June 6, 2012
Gallery Pics: 8
Visit BrinksBlue's Gallery
Thanks: 118
Thanked 464 Times in 97 Posts
Images: 8
BrinksBlue has a reputation beyond reputeBrinksBlue has a reputation beyond reputeBrinksBlue has a reputation beyond reputeBrinksBlue has a reputation beyond reputeBrinksBlue has a reputation beyond reputeBrinksBlue has a reputation beyond reputeBrinksBlue has a reputation beyond reputeBrinksBlue has a reputation beyond reputeBrinksBlue has a reputation beyond reputeBrinksBlue has a reputation beyond reputeBrinksBlue has a reputation beyond repute
I second vet and trying to find a food she goes crazy about. I will also say that if it is separation anxiety, you need to start working on curbing that as well. Talk to the vet about it. Google separation anxiety behavior modification. They are easy things that you can do to help decrease the anxiety. One of our greyhounds we got when she retired from racing had HORRIBLE SA, to the point that we nearly returned her to the rescue. We went through 6 months of hell, medications and behavior modifications and then one day something clicked for Mesa (greyhound.) SA isn't something that is ever cured but we can now leave the house without her screaming the entire time we are gone, her peeing, pooping, chewing, mutilating herself in the crate, etc. Now, obviously this was SEVERE SA and it doesn't sound at all like you are there. But if SA is really part of the problem, it doesn't hurt to fix it before it gets worse. And it may even help with your feeding problems too!

Oh, also, have you tried a frozen kong with her breakfast in it when you're gone? Mixed with peanut butter or yogurt or something she loves? Dual purpose: she eats, plus extra calories from the PB/yogurt/etc and she will have something to do instead of think about how you aren't there!

ETA: Medication for SA is only if behavior modification doesn't work. Mesa had to go it for 3 months. She has been off it for about 9 months though and we are still holding strong! No SA symptoms here, but we still do the behavior modifications daily. They are simple things, like ignoring all the dogs for 10 minutes before we leave and 10 minutes after we get home. No "ohhhh bye baby, I'll miss you!" and no "I"M HOME!!! Hi honey!"

Last edited by BrinksBlue; 11-17-2012 at 09:38 AM..
BrinksBlue is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Join Date: Jul 2012
Old 11-17-2012, 09:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
Alpha
 
stryker2's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,086
Location: Northern Ohio
Dogs Name: Yago and Stryker
Titles: Both CGC and both Spoiled Couch Potatoes
Dogs Age: 4 1/2yrs and 5yrs
Gallery Pics: 2
Visit stryker2's Gallery
Thanks: 127
Thanked 2,337 Times in 1,227 Posts
Images: 2
stryker2 has a reputation beyond reputestryker2 has a reputation beyond reputestryker2 has a reputation beyond reputestryker2 has a reputation beyond reputestryker2 has a reputation beyond reputestryker2 has a reputation beyond reputestryker2 has a reputation beyond reputestryker2 has a reputation beyond reputestryker2 has a reputation beyond reputestryker2 has a reputation beyond reputestryker2 has a reputation beyond repute
Do a Vet visit just to make sure. Some do get tired of the same food. For sure do the 10-15 min rule. Add some canned. Champion Foods which make Acana and Orijen do not make canned food. Acana is one of the top rated foods. We feed Acana and Orijen. Try a different flavor of Acana.
Put a Raw Organic Egg in the food. We also supplement with USDA Organic Coconut Oil. Our boys can't wait to lick the spoon.
You can feed her more food. But I would split it into 3-4 meals a day.
The feeding guidelines on bags of food are starting points. Each dog is different. It will depend on how active the dogs is and its metabolism.
stryker2 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Join Date: Nov 2009
Old 11-18-2012, 12:13 AM   #7 (permalink)
Big Pup
 
codybrantford's Avatar
 
Posts: 18
Location: Brantford, Ontario
Dogs Name: Zombie

Gallery Pics: 1
Visit codybrantford's Gallery
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Images: 1
codybrantford is on a distinguished road
Awesome! Thanks so much everyone. So today bought a new flavour of acana and filled one bowl with her old food, one with new. She wont go near the new one lol. Figures. Tomorrow i will take it back and im going to try the egg.
Shes an odd one, doesnt like peanut butter...what dog doesnt like peanut butter?!?
I think i will grab some of that soft champion an mix a little with her normal food in the mornings. Then some new toys for when im gone. Already do the no goodbyes or hellos.
codybrantford is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Join Date: Jul 2010
The Following User Says Thank You to codybrantford For This Useful Post:
BrinksBlue (11-18-2012)
Old 11-19-2012, 09:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
Big Pup
 
codybrantford's Avatar
 
Posts: 18
Location: Brantford, Ontario
Dogs Name: Zombie

Gallery Pics: 1
Visit codybrantford's Gallery
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Images: 1
codybrantford is on a distinguished road
UPDATE: Found a flavour she likes! Ranchlands...of course it's the most expensive one (btw how do they charge different amounts for different flavours of the same brand...that sucks).
So she's eating well now. I couldn't get into the vet today, so I'll wait a week and see if she keeps up with the eating.
codybrantford is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Join Date: Jul 2010
Old 11-19-2012, 12:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
Alpha
 
AgileDobe's Avatar
 
Posts: 582
Location: St. Francis, MN
Dogs Name: Delta, Ava, Grace, Draco, and Reva
Titles: 5x Top 20 MACH7 CD RN MXF T2B TQX CGC, Top 20 CH MACH3 XF T2B, MX MJB, U-CH MX MXJ WAC, NAJ mjr. ptd
Dogs Age: 9,6,5,3,2
Gallery Pics: 0
Visit AgileDobe's Gallery
Thanks: 998
Thanked 2,355 Times in 449 Posts
AgileDobe has a reputation beyond reputeAgileDobe has a reputation beyond reputeAgileDobe has a reputation beyond reputeAgileDobe has a reputation beyond reputeAgileDobe has a reputation beyond reputeAgileDobe has a reputation beyond reputeAgileDobe has a reputation beyond reputeAgileDobe has a reputation beyond reputeAgileDobe has a reputation beyond reputeAgileDobe has a reputation beyond reputeAgileDobe has a reputation beyond repute
Quote:
Originally Posted by codybrantford View Post
UPDATE: Found a flavour she likes! Ranchlands...of course it's the most expensive one (btw how do they charge different amounts for different flavours of the same brand...that sucks).
So she's eating well now. I couldn't get into the vet today, so I'll wait a week and see if she keeps up with the eating.
Different flavors cost more because the ingredients cost more (or less). You can't get chicken for the same price as beef, lamb, duck, fish, bison, pork etc. Red meats are generally more expensive than white meats, with fish falling somewhere in the middle typically.

The Beef, Bison and Lamb in the Ranchlands will cost more than the Chicken and Turkey found in the Wild Praire line of Acana.
__________________




MACH7 Delta Duchess of Davenport CD RN MXC2 MJB3 MXF T2B TQX CGC - Delta
CH MACH3 Mandre's Grace Under Fire MXC MJB2 XF T2B - Grace
LH's Heart of a Dragon MX MXJ MJB - Draco
Dancing Star's Born To Prevail NAJ (major pointed) - Reva
U-CH Tri-Star's Avalon Sunset MX MXB MXJ MJB OF WAC ATT CGC VCX - Ava

Juneau Duchess of Davenport OA AXJ MXP3 MXPB MJP5 MJPS PAX - Juneau
11.22.1999 - 10.6.2009 - DCM/CHF
AgileDobe is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Join Date: Aug 2009
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:53 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0 Beta 2
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2 ©2009, Crawlability, Inc.
@2005 - 2008 DobermanTalk.com
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Retriever Breeds Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum